Driver Points: 4th
Owner Points: 4th
Fort Worth, TX (November 7, 2015) – As a two-time winner at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth, Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Toyota Tundra, entered the 21st race on the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule optimistic, and looking for his first win of the 2015 season. Unfortunately, an ill handling Toyota Tundra, and a race that only saw one caution flag during the 147-lap event, hindered the No. 98 team from making gains on their Tundra, and Sauter would settle for a 13th-place finish in the WinStar World Casino 350k on Friday night.
Starting 13th, Sauter made his way into the seventh position, battling a “loose” Toyota Tundra in the opening laps, before coming down pit road for a scheduled stop, under green, at lap 41, for four tires, fuel, and adjustments to aid in the handling. Scored inside the top-10 when green flag pit stops cycled through, Sauter reported that his Toyota Tundra was still, “free on entry, tight on exit.”
Falling as far back as 14th in the running order over the next 50 laps, crew chief Doug George, brought the No. 98 machine back down pit road at lap 97 for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. Unfortunately, the call would leave Sauter’s SmokeySnuff.com Tundra, “too tight,” and the ThorSport Racing driver would lose ground to the race leaders in the final laps, crossing the stripe in the 13th position behind race winner, Erik Jones.
Sauter remains fourth in the 2015 NCWTS driver point standings with only two races remaining on the 2015 schedule.
“Unfortunately we chased the handling all night on our Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Toyota, and the long green flag run really didn’t help us at all. We needed a few more pit stops to get us to where we needed to be, and we just didn’t get the opportunity.”
- Johnny Sauter started 13th and finished 13th in the WinStar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday
- In 15 starts at TMS, Sauter has led 286 laps en route to two wins (2011 & 2013), five top-five, and eight top-10 finishes
- In 2015, Sauter has seven top-five and 15 top-10 finishes
- The ThorSport Racing driver maintained a fourth-place position in the 2015 NCWTS driver point standings following the 21st race on the 2015 NCWTS schedule
- In 173 career NCWTS starts, Sauter has 10 wins, 63 top-five and 101 top-10 finishes
- Erik Jones won the WinStar World Casino 350k at TMS, followed by Daniel Suarez (second), Ryan Blaney (third), ThorSport Racing teammate, Matt Crafton (fourth), and Tyler Reddick (fifth). Also, ThorSport Racing teammate, Cameron Hayley finished 10th
- Up next: The Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, November 13, 2015